Patients health status’ change constantly and there is no absolute guarantee that they have a certain number of months left to live. Sanders and Buchanan (2012), state the prognosis of a terminal illness is not reliable enough to let that decide whether a patient should have assisted suicide. When there is a chance someone could essentially live longer than the doctor thinks they will, it isn’t ethical to use that as a reason for dying. Another reason assisted suicide is opposed is because we can’t truly determine if it is really the patient’s choice. The whole reason for assisted suicide is so that the patient can ultimately have control over their own life, but it is possible that they may be being influenced by others that they should end their life.
Lastly, one might come to the conclusion that no such power was handed to the doctor at all, due to Mathilda's defiance, but contrary to that notion, her defiance only further proves the original argument. In a regular situation between a doctor and his patiant, the power of control would be delegated to the doctor, but due to Mathilda's resistance, the archetypal doctor, quite so in a literal sense, retained dominance over her through means of physical force. This was acceptable to her parents because society promotes the idea of giving the care of one's family over to a professional when in dire circumstances. This allowed the doctor to do the very things he did to her because to society, such things were acceptable due to the doctor's legitamized right to diagnose her. In culmination, the short story relates the notion that in society, power is given to the doctor because of the legitimalization of his right to define the reality of the medical
This unique position that the family is in causes them to look towards the professionals, in this case doctors, in order to give them guidance and some sort of peace over their decision. Guilt is also involved with this decision, along with Mitford’s decision. The family in this case feels that once their relative is on the ventilator that they would be killing the relative if they were to remove life support. This is due to the fine line that is still debated among health care professionals about the deciding line when a human being is actually dead or not. Since health care professionals cannot come to a complete consensus on when a person is actual dead, it is difficult for untrained family members to decide that their relative is dead when they see brain activity or involuntary reflexes.
It is extremely frustrating as a potential nurse knowing that so many medical professionals were responsible in Lewis’s demise. It is deeply troubling to know that each person that cared for Lewis and the team as a whole, failed to advocate for his needs and speak up. The family put their most precious gift, their child, in their hands, but instead of ensuring his safety, they failed across the board. If I take one thing away from the tragedy is to always put the patient first, double-check everything, monitor the patient closely, and be the patient’s strongest advocate. Fatalities like this should never happen, safeguards need to be put in place and adhered to.
However euthanasia is only legal if three criteria are met. These criteria are that the person has made a request to end their life, it is thought that this patient is mentally capable to make this decision for himself, and that it is agreed that there is no prospect for an improvement in this patient’s condition (NHS). Voluntary euthanasia can be regarded as voluntary manslaughter (NHS). “Involuntary euthanasia is conducted without consent. The decision is made by another person because the patient is incapable of doing so himself/herself” (2015).
Alan’s therapist, Crystal Mangir, also said “If Alan were in a wheelchair, or had a cast on his leg, people would understand that something happened… but no one can see a broken brain” (Crimmins 199). This mentality would show why after Alan regained his ability of movement, the insurance companies decided not to pay for Alan’s rehab therapy since he was no longer in need of therapy. After a traumatic brain injury it is very important to relearn the daily bases activity and in most cases physical therapy is the final step to complete physical recovery. This misunderstanding of brain injury was what Cathy Crimmins hoped to shed light on throughout this
If she shows kindness to the women who wants to abort their children, the fetus would have to be killed. She would be showing cruelty to the unborn child. However, if she shows kindness to the unborn child by not letting the woman abort the child, she would be showing crudity to them by ruining their lives. The audience discovers that no matter the choice, whether they did or didn’t abort the child, there will always be
People can say he does it deliberately by choosing only negative examples, like the situation with Kaiser Permanente that did not help Dawnelle Keyes’s small daughter in time because she was not delivered to the right hospital at first (Sicko 01:10). The author really did not mention any positive examples of American medical insurance system’s work. It creates a feeling of prejudice as the system should have positive results to exist for so many years. However, Moore gave enough examples to show there are severe problems in the American medical insurance. Mentions of numbers, historical recordings and people, who decided to share personal experience, support author’s
Although they rejected his autonomy the doctors gave him alternatives to decide upon regarding his decision to die. Even though the psychiatrist declared Donald was fully competent, it doesn’t mean he was in the right emotional mindset to make a life decision. In one day he lost everything that we as humans need to function on a daily basis, and he also lost his dad whom he was extremely close to. It is logical to argue that Donald’s decision to die was clouded by those factors to a point that he couldn’t see that the treatment were best for
They had fed her when she was injury, it was her job to feed them, and take care of them. Their death, if it were to occur, she would've had a great moment of realization in her life. Most importantly, the fact that Monique realized the troubles that Jordan had caused in her family after all on page 155 because she had realized how he hurt her children. She realized how precious her kids were to her. Jordan caused the accident, therefore it was a threat to Monique.
Clyde Haberman’s article From Private Ordeal to National Fight: The Case of Terri Schiavo emphasizes social responsibility through a woman’s diagnosis of irreversible brain damage. Terri Schiavo suffered many years because the people around her were still emotionally attached to the memories they had of her. “For 15 years, Terri Schiavo was effectively a slave- slave to an atrophied brain that made her a prisoner in her own body…” (1). Terri Schiavo’s quality of life deteriorated as she spent her last years attached to a feeding tube. Schiavo’s parents and husband had total compelling arguments about what was best for Schiavo because both perspectives saw her differently.